IL-2 Sturmovik Beta Patch

1C Publishing is serving up a new beta patch for IL-2 Sturmovik to bring the aerial combat game to version 4.09m. There are English and Russian betas, and the English read me offers details on what's new and different. The English patch is mirrored on ComputerGamers.ro and Gamer's Hell.
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1946 is pretty much the end of the line for IL-2 products. It combines Forgotten Battles, Pacific Fighters, the Ace Expansion Pack, and the 3 mini-expansions developed by RRG studios (only one of which was released independent of IL-2 1946).

The 'm' in 4.09m is for merged, which stood for the merged installation of FB + PF + AEP up until 1946's release last year. I'm pretty sure this is only able to be installed on top of 1946, but I'm not sure. Patch feedback on the 1C Maddox forum http://forum.1cpublishing.eu/showthread.php?t=2462


As far as Adwwar goes, only the rules on the Rules page have to be followed, and none of them are language-related. I can't count the number of times people were talking in Russian or German or some other language with funny characters, but it's...well, interesting. Even with the language gap, there's still a cohesion flying together just because of the harder nature of the server. Forced cockpit, no map icons, no aircraft tags, and limited supply of the more powerful aircraft.

As far as how Adwwar plays... you learn to navigate the maps by studying the rivers outside the aircraft since icons are turned off. And I landed an IL-2 M3 with my elevators and rudder knocked out TWICE because my squadron couldn't afford the losses of the M3 model. My palms were sweating both times.

Turns out ELEVATOR CONTROLS DAMAGED/RUDDER CONTROLS DAMAGED is another thing stemming from the 2001 engine, at least according to developer rumor. They never updated the damage model for the IL-2 itself to Pacific Fighters standards. Half of the time you get hit by heavy flak on Adwwar in an IL-2, you WILL lose your elevators and rudder.

Crippled flight back to base, navigating by the rivers, and then landing by throttle and ailerons alone is the most solid memory of the IL-2 series in my head from 6 years of playing. I did not want to lose those M3s, damn it! They're the only fucking versions of the IL-2 that can kill the late-war German tanks with cannon alone, and they were only available in limited quantities to my squadron.


Edit: Crap, yeah I think the only big sticking point with Adwwar is that you need to register as part of a 4 man-minimum squadron to play. My Adwwar squadron fell apart last summer as several of us got into Company of Heroes for our multiplayer WW2 kick.
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